Friday, May 10, 2013

Benghazi, the Cleveland kidnap victims, Boston Marathon 2013

Benghazi

As usual everyone in Washington is dancing around the issue and no one is taking responsibility for the deaths of one diplomat and several others working in the overseas embassy.  Will we ever know the truth about this situation?  Probably not.

Who is ultimately responsible?  The commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama is ultimately the one responsible.  He puts individuals in harms' way and he is responsible for their safety.  If he didn't know what was going on at that embassy, he should have.

Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, is directly responsible as this happened on her watch.  If she didn't know what was going on at that embassy, she should have.  Diplomats and workers assigned to embassies go right through the State Department and are assigned their posts by whom?  The Secretary of State and the President of the United States.  These two are who are responsible for the deaths at Benghazi.  I like both the President and Hilary, but sadly, they are responsible.

The CIA is also responsible because they are suppose to be sending excellent intelligence to the Secretary of State and the President.  If they don't know what is going on, then who does?    These agents and spies have dropped the ball so many times in this country, I don't know why we have a CIA.  Apparently, our guys (and gals) are not able to get to the correct information or any information in time before the horrible events occur.  We need to get spies and operatives embedded in these terrorist groups, so that we can get relevant and current information.

Again and again, "we have a failure to communicate."  How many times does this have to happen before we CHANGE what we are doing and revamp our government departments and communication processes?


Cleveland, OH and the three kidnap victims

Thankfully, Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus, and Michelle McKnight are free from bondage and are now able to heal after ten years of torture and mayhem.  The true hero in all this is Amanda Berry, who risked her life to free herself, her daughter and the other two women on that fateful day, Monday, May 6.  Thank God someone from the neighborhood helped to free her from the house and did not just 'not get involved' as people are so good at doing.  We mind our own business at the wrong times.  Finally, someone helped kick the door in so Amanda and her daughter could get free.

The kidnapper, Ariel Castro, is the worst of the worst.  He is right up there with Adoph Hitler as far as evil is concerned.  To have kept and tortured these women and at the same time to have helped in looking for them, searching for them, and attending and helping raise money for their fundraisers is unconscionable.

I have to take the Cleveland Police Department to task on this one.  I realize the police can't just search any house they want.  That is part of our freedoms in the U.S. Constitution and our bill of rights.  Sadly, I believe the Clevelanders that have come forward and said they called the Cleveland police and reported something suspicious going on at the house on Seymour Street, but the police didn't bother to check or follow through on their claims.  When individuals complain who are from a poverty stricken area or a bad area of town, their claims are not taken seriously.

Also, there is a gender issue.  Men's statements to police carry heavier weight than the statements women make to the police.

The Cleveland Police said they followed every lead in these women's disappearances.  I do believe that.  But, did they follow through on every complaint about the house on Seymour Street?   That is also what they needed to follow through on too.   Had they, these women would not have been kept in bondage and torture for ten years.

The police insist they did not receive all these calls from these people.  I know from my own experience, that some calls are not recorded and kept.  During my divorce I made 911 calls about my husband that were deleted.  When we went to court and went to get record of my 911 calls they had mysteriously vanished.  Why?  Because his parents were best friends with the Akron Police Chief at the time, Phil Barnes.

When I was married, we lived next door to an Akron Police Detective.  He knew and heard shouting and screaming that went on in our house.  Did he ever once check to see what was going on?  No.  During one argument we had, I was able to get out of the house and ran to the detective's house.  Did he do anything?  No, he counseled me to get help through social agencies and therapists, but 'didn't want to get involved' because it was a domestic situation.

Had I not had a 911 call made in Florida when we were vacationing there, I would not have been believed when I walked into court for my divorce trial.  There in Florida, my 911 call was on record -- but in Akron, not one of several 911 calls I made were on record.  When we told my husband's attorney we would have the Florida officers brought up there to Akron to testify in my behalf, my husband finally backed down.

If these people don't want to get involved, who will?  Women, especially, are very vulnerable when it comes to domestic situations and the police are reticent to get involved.   So, I believe it when these neighbors say they contacted and called the police about checking out the Seymour house and I do believe them when they say their pleas were not followed through.

Again, "we have a failure to communicate."   The Cleveland Police Department is responsible for these women being kept against their will for ten years.  Had one of these neighborhood complaints been followed through these women would have been saved from a lot of torture.  If Ariel Castro said it was nothing but a domestic spat when reports of screaming were reported,  the police had a right and a duty to say, "I want to see that person is okay or I want to speak to that person."

Therefore, I hold the Cleveland Police Department responsible for the length of time these girls were held.  Until the Cleveland Police Department CHANGES its procedures for following through on these calls, the same thing will happen next time.

Also, the Cleveland Police Department and other police departments throughout the United States have to stop assuming all women that go missing between the ages of 13-21 are automatic run-a-ways.  Too many of these situations are happening and then we find the women were stolen and killed or as these three kidnapped for years and years.

Young people are vulnerable and impressionable and their brains are not yet fully developed.  They are many times threatened with death or their family's death and too scared to run away.  It took Amanda ten years before she had the courage to flee her captor.  But, had our local agencies and police department been on their toes, she could have been rescued sooner.

How many other young girls have to be kidnapped, tortured or killed for our police departments to CHANGE their procedures and assumptions in these matters?


Boston Marathon Bombings

What can I say here?  Another terrorist bombing by jihadists, more Americans killed and maimed.  The jihadists are at war with us, the U.S., and we are still so wide eyed and confounded when they strike again and again.

Russia, of all countries, is the one who contacted us to question the older Tsarnaev brother as to his activities and we don't keep him on our terrorist list or at least monitor his goings on in this country. Our FBI and CIA act like the Keystone Kops, fumbling around and never zeroing in on the true terrorists in this country.  No, they are pulling people like me, my friends, my family out of line at the airport and checking us, but they never seem to get the terrorists who are flying back and forth and committing these bombings.  How did we manage to miss this potential terrorist when we were warned by Russian itself, not even one of our most friendly of countries?

Again, "we have a failure to communicate."  Our wires are all crossed here in the United States.  Why are the FBI and the CIA not communicating correctly?  Why do we have two separate and bumbling agencies that keep telling us we are safe and they have our backs when obviously they do not?

When are we going to CHANGE the FBI and CIA and create an agency that truly can handle the tracking down of these terrorists.  Even when we have our tracking down handed to us on a silver platter by Russia, we can't seem to follow through on it.

Our country is in a world of hurt because our public agencies are not working properly, do not communicate properly and do not follow through on incidents like they are suppose to.  Then there is out and out corruption within our public agencies and not all 911 calls are recorded and kept.  If we do not CHANGE how we handle these situations, all three of these situations will continue to happen.

We are our own worst enemies.